The  Metro Bistrot


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We are closed
(by order of the state of mass. due to flu)
until further 
(no take-out or delivery either).

to the
Metro Bistrot!
Bien  manger  
savoir boire  

Eat well
know to drink

176 Main Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550
seating Hours 

wed-Sat  5 - 9 PM
for reservations

call the numbers below.
book online

(online booking possible
only up to an hour before start of service)
or call

(508) 764-2073
(860) 207-7135 (cell - 24 hours

we are closed on
Monday, Tuesday, and sunday (except holidays).
However, we are open 
for private parties (6 or more)
and special events. just call at (860) 207-7135.

"Nature--a place where birds fly about uncooked." Oscar Wilde

The Metro Bistrot is located at the Wells Plaza on 176 Main Street (which is Route 131), Southbridge, Massachusetts, just ten minutes away from Interstate 84 and the Mass Pike in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and about ten minutes off of Route 20 in Charlton (if you are coming from the Worcester area).
     We seat only for dinner from Wednesday thru Saturday from 5 to 9 pm. We are closed on Monday and Tuesday, and on non-holiday Sundays, although we do open for these days for special and private events. After almost seven years of trying to making lunches work in the Southbridge area, we had to conclude it is not financially and time-wise viable for our kind of restaurant even located on a rather busy main street; no one stops but just drives through. Our mobile and hurried culture is not attuned to a leisurely lunch, and the tax incentives for such are no longer there.
We do not have a liquor license, but customers are encouraged to bring wine (there is a corkage fee; $5 for the 1st bottle, $10 for two or more). In France, drinking wine with a meal is an integral part of eating. We recommend the wines at Austin Spirits Too just down from us on Main Street in Southbridge (see the Metro display in the 3rd isle on the right), Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, Marty's in Dudley, or Pomfret Spirits in Pomfret, Connecticut (on route 169) to find excellent and reasonably priced French wines compatible with our food. Of course there is also nothing wrong with just bringing your favorite wine (or beer) no matter where it is from or how good or bad it might be.
     We accept all major credit cards (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), cash, and checks.
     Please click on our menu page for changes and specials to our menu as it changes on a daily basis.

     Speaking of the menu, it is important for us to say to our readers here that the Metros focus is on French provincial food in a casual atmosphere. We are not an intimidating French restaurant with ridiculous prices, miniscule portions, and heavy butter and cream sauces. However, our seating is limited, and our food is created one plate at a time. For this reason, we urge people to make reservations in advance especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.
    Our main chef and co-owner, Marie-Paule Marthe, was born and raised in Orleans, France in the Loire valley but lived for thirty years in the south of France in the Languedoc region in the Cévennes mountains and Montpellier (a medieval city which is now the fastest growing metropolis in France). Although an actress and teacher with Roy Hart Theatre and a former member of the French Foreign Service, she comes from a solid food and wine tradition in her family (one side of her family were cheese makers from Orleans via the Ariege, the other, winemakers from Bordeaux) with years of experience cooking, and of course, eating well, in France. Both her parents worked for some years in the hotel and restaurant business in Orleans.

Marie-Paule Marthe in the Metro next to a photo of BB.

The bar with some flora at the


Jay Livernois with a toast to start the day.

    Another cook and proprietor of the Metro is Jay Livernois who is of French Canadian descent on his father's side. Jay was born in Southbridge and owns the fourth generation family farm (which he selectively farms--pears, herbs, and grapes--and uses for foraging and hunting) at the top of Lebanon Hill (just over the Massachusetts / Connecticut border in Woodstock). Jay's great-grandfather, Joseph Livernois (for whom he is named), bought the old Jane Ide farm on what was then known as Jane Ide Road (extended and changed to English Neighborhood Road in the 60s) in 1918
     He is the manager, also a cook, and present in the front of the Bistrot where he assembles and inspects each plate before it is served. Jay places an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients and changes the menu weekly and sometimes daily according to what is available at the markets and farm stands or what is in season on Echo Farm in Woodstock or what he can raise or forage. He shops at local markets everyday and uses the internet to access rare products throughout the week. If you live in the area, do not be surprised to see him rushing through a local store's aisle or parking lot. However, the Bistrot's bread is baked by Suzanne's Artisanal Breads in Southbridge, and we feature the locally made cheeses from Couet Farm in Dudley.
    Also, each day for lunch, Jay and Marie-Paule offer special dishes in the prix fixte menu created from the best in fish or meat found in the markets using a particular knowledge of French food and how to prepare it. We also offer a five course tasting menu each day (if it is not too busy, or if it is, and you are not in a hurry).

     Finally, it is necessary to recognize Jonathan and Lisa Krach, of the now shuttered Vienna Inn and Restaurant of Southbridge, who got us to open The Metro Bistrot to help the Town to become more of a dining destination. Their story and the resent closing of the Vienna is a tragedy played out over two years starting with their disastrous appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell television series (they were paid for the scripted wreck), then the failure of their airport restaurant venture in Southbridge, and then they were finished with an inopportune electrical fire at the Vienna just before the Thanksgiving in 2017. All this resulted in horrific publicity and a ruinous insurance and banking settlement with the restaurant and inn being no more. Southbridge and the area are poorer for its loss.   

French Freud Potatoes
 by Charles Boer*
French Freud potatoes, Monsieur Lacan,
Are only properly eaten skins on.
Thus, they never see themselves what they are,
Never even feel the potato peeler's hand.
Then what do they think they are doing on the table
Of the Restaurant Grand Fumé? Nothing, monsieur,
Part of the menu, mere pommes de terre.
Let their flagrance not disturb your meal.
And him? It bothers me that someone is so close.
Oh, pay no attention to the waiter's recommendation:
He is a statue himself standing there thinking
Only of what he will eat when he goes home:
Perhaps a duck that thinks it is l'orange,
Perhaps a potato that does not know its place.
*Charles Boer, noted translator, lecturer, UConn Professor Emeritus in English, 
writer, poet, and patron of The Metro Bistrot, is the author, 
along with the psychologist and best-selling writer, James Hillman
of Freud's Own Cookbook. This work was in print for more than 20 years and 
translated into 23 different languages with even a restaurant in Japan devoted solely 
to its recipes. 
Charles Boer passed away on 18 November 2014, aged 75, from pancreatic cancer.

Charles Boer at the Bistrot with Richard Mann (one of his youngest and last students)
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